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RUN FAR.

thomas watson marathon coach

Hi – welcome to Marathon Handbook!

I’m Thomas, and I help people run far every day.

After conquering marathons and ultramarathons, I became a running coach to help others achieve their running goals!

Since starting Marathon Handbook in 2015, I’ve now written articles and designed training plans used by tens of thousands of runners . . . and developed a few courses along the way.

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GEAR GUIDES + REVIEWS

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CHECK OUT ALL OUR CUSTOM DESIGN GARMENTS AND DRINKWARE FOR RUNNERS!

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RUNNING RESOURCES

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HERE ARE SOME OF OUR HAPPY RUNNERS!

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Half-marathon during marathon training

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Hey Thomas!I am following your marathon training program for a 4-hour marathon (20 weeks).At week 13, I ran a half marathon here in Greece as part of my training.My finishing time was 1.54.54 official timing – on course to smash the 4-hr marathon!It’s 7 weeks to my marathon race (Athens Authentic

Panagiotis Laskaris
Marathon Handbook student

Bhutan Marathon Done!

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Hey Thomas,Thanks for your help throughout my marathon training journey!It really helped me prepare and improve my running technique 🙂

Tshering Penden
Bhutan International Marathon

First marathon success!

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I’ve just completed my 1st marathon last Sunday, and couldn’t be more proud of myself and also be thankful for the amazing support from Marathon Handbook – which helped me so much!I had a few issues on race day – my GPS stopped in the middle of the course, and we had some unexpectedMy finishing time was 4hrs 44min and I’ve already promised to myself get a much better one in the next race!

Samanta Bernard
Marathon Handbook student

Sub 4-hr marathon success!!!

Sub 4-hr marathon success!!! 7

On signing up to my first marathon I was extremely fortunate to come across Thomas’ 4-hour marathon training schedule, which I tweaked slightly to fit around my travel commitments.What followed was a weekly e-mail packed full of useful tips which prevented me from making any rookie errors along the way.One of the most useful tipsI would certainly recommend Marathon Handbook to anyone – particularly first-time marathoners!

Natasha Floyer
Sydney Marathon

Can’t believe I’m a marathon runner…!

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I prepared to the best of my ability, following the training plan and using the Marathon Handbook diet and gear guides.My race was quite an experience . . . it was already pretty hot, and the weather became very humid.I started with my heart pounding very heavily, gradually it slowed down. Up tohahahaahha! hurray yessss I did it, I made it, I made it… I could not express my feeling, how happy I was, I couldn’t believe myself!After this I’m still surprised I can call myself a marathon runner!

Ratna Gomes
Dooars Run Safari Marathon

Breaking the impossible!

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“Your lessons were really helpful . . . they greatly helped me to achieve what I thought was impossible. I cannot describe the euphoria and satisfaction I felt days after running the marathon!”

Kuba Pikus
Marathon Handbook student

Thank you thank you THANK YOU!

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WOOHOO!!!Just dropping in to say I had my full marathon this weekend!!When we started running in downpouring rain! I crushed my first half and had a little bit of a slow down around mile 17. I cried at mile 20 and got a fantastic second wind at mile 23 and flew acrossMy knees are still feeling a little hot and the outside of my right foot is in rough shape but, I can’t wait for my next race, I loved it so much!Thank you thank you THANK YOU for supporting me throughout this training journey!! 

Hannah Asfeldt
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OUR BOOKS ABOUT
RUNNING FAR:

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4-Hour Marathon
Marathon In 3 Months
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THE MARATHON HANDBOOK TRAINING COURSES:

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Need to light a fire under your run training?

Try our 7 Day Motivation and Mindset Challenge - designed to give you that boost and build good running habits!

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Aim for Half Marathon Success

The Half Marathon Masterclass has over 6 hours of exclusive tutorials and material, it's the complete guide to running 13.1 miles!

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Got a Marathon on the horizon?

Join hundred of other marathon runners with our flagship course, the Marathon Training Masterclass, and nail those 26.2 miles!

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Progressing to the world of ultras?

Sign up for the Ultra Runner's Playbook - and learn the pacing, nutrition, gear, mindset and race day strategies it tales to be an ultrarunner!

Ultra Runner's Playbook

Check out all our Marathon Handbook courses here!